The Greatest Gresham

By Gillian Avery,

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The greatest Gresham Gillian Avery and John Verney

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1 author picked The Greatest Gresham as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

For comfort reading, I like period children’s stories, as written by, say, E.Nesbit, Noel Streatfield, Richmal Crompton. Childhood seems to have been more fun when it came up against the constraints of an adult society more formal than our own. Gillian Avery’s achievement was to write spirited historical children’s stories that have all the social nuance you would find in the above authors. The Greatest Gresham (written in 1962, set in the 1890s) is about the timid children of one family who are brought out of their shells by the bolder kids next door, and it all feels just right.…

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